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CLOSED: Eden Bar In The Village

Construction work blamed for loss of trade

Published on February 3rd 2015.

CLOSED: Eden Bar In The Village

UPDATE 04/02/15: It is reported that although SDB Bars has gone into liquidation, Eden Bar was immediately bought by another party and is undergoing a refurb.

EDEN Bar - which opened in the centre of the Gay Village over a decade ago and became known as 'the floating boat' or 'the one with the barge' - has closed on Brazil Street.

Nearby building works and the subsequent loss of trade have been blamed for the closure of the bar-restaurant and loss of eighteen jobs.

On 7 January, the bar announced via social media they'd be closed 'until the beginning of February whilst the old girl has a spruce up'.

Owners SDB Bars - who took over the bar in 2012 - have appointed insolvency practitioner Steven Wiseglass of Inquesta.

Wiseglass said the stricken bar - at the site of the former Metz Cafe Bar - was left 'virtually marooned' by the building site which made it inaccesible and near invisible to potential punters. Metz bar was one of the early adopters of Canal Street when it exploded on the night-time scene in the 1990s. 

It is rumoured Living Ventures are lining-up the site for the next Grand Pacific roll-out... perhaps... something like that... you never know.


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17 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousFebruary 3rd 2015.

LV takes on the pink pound? Oh dear!

AnonymousFebruary 3rd 2015.

I have sympathy that they felt 'marooned' Why Urban and Civic have to work with citizens for a better model than West's pre greed crash that had 250 planning objections from residents in 2007 (though MCC ignored all). At least Capital and Centric look set to release an exciting update on Aytoun Camus/ Minto & Turner this month and with the Dominvs Hotel, better news for the beleaguered area. Hopefully new owners have better luck and rumour true.

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rinkydinkFebruary 3rd 2015.

I should think the council did ignore the objections. Don't live in central Manchester if you don't want the threat of a tall building being built next to where you live

AnonymousFebruary 4th 2015.

Yes, because casting a huge shadow over Canal Street is fair where one of the only outdoors areas in summer. It had many professional critics that old design so will be many interested people in trying to influence a better design for area. Is tall the only desire in a residential area? There are man sites without the residential and business mass so why should they have their natural light stolen? I'd say don't landmass unworkable designs. Glad it was never built, but shame it made this business suffer. Where are West now? Exactly.

GimboidFebruary 4th 2015.

Any chance of that in proper English, Anon? On small city centre sites, tall is essential.

SteveFebruary 4th 2015.

You mean cast a shadow on the barge that already has a roof on it blocking the sun out! Ridiculous argument! So the car park that was there before the building site for years boosted trade? Please! Eden has been awful for years. Hopefully someone with some vision, a decent chef will take over

AnonymousFebruary 4th 2015.

Steve, 18 stories would cast a shadow of all outdoor areas up to the top of canal Street near the courts, I have seen the projections. I think the business can say those decaying hoardings had a negative impact on them. You used to be able to access, park and sit on the edge of the carpark and Canal. I hope the new owners have good luck and wish them well. As for Gimboid, his daily "everyone is stupid except me the oracle of Manchester" is a daily and cheery staple.

GimboidFebruary 4th 2015.

Happy to brighten up your day Anon. I really don't think everyone except me is stupid. Rinkydink's comments are usually informed and sensible contribution, for instance. Calum McG is normally on the money. I'm just happy to make sure that those who ARE stupid and ignorant know about it. It's my burden that there are so many ;)

AnonymousFebruary 4th 2015.

Well Gimboid, I await your blog, "I Am The Manchester Oracle - why can't you all stop being so stupid"? How kind of you to say just two people are not always but "normally on the money". I am sure you are always on it, though you seem to be on Manchester Confidential much more, in fact far too often, endlessly, always.

Chris AitkenFebruary 4th 2015.

On facebook yesterday, in response to the MEN article about their closure, the new owners of Eden posted that the old owners went into liquidation but that the venue was immediately bought by the new owners. They said that the refurbishment works were supposed to be finished by February but are taking longer than expected. Apparently no one has contacted them for a comment.

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EditorialFebruary 4th 2015.

We did Chris. Phones rang out three times.

Chris AitkenFebruary 4th 2015.

Those were their words, not mine!

AudreyFebruary 4th 2015.

Who are the new owners? I thought LV were taking over the doomed Room Bar on King Street for a Grand Oacific roll out, are they rumoured to take over this also or are the facts mixed up?

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rinkydinkFebruary 4th 2015.

I think it's called irony, Audrey

rinkydinkFebruary 4th 2015.

Sarcasm even...

AudreyFebruary 4th 2015.

Oh I see now, Thanks :)

NickyFebruary 5th 2015.

I have also recently heard that Eden will be reopening shortly. Not sure if this will be as Eden or under another name, but at least it won't be closed indefinitely.

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